Marcia is Amused.

Feb 01 2013
What I Read in January
Every Love Story is a Ghost Story by D.T.Max
Legend by Marie Lu
The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg
UnEnchanted by Chanda Hahn
Fairest by Chanda Hahn
Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
Everything Matters! by Ron Currie Jr
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
So, so much for not reading as much in 2013. I’m on track for 108, but I’m sure I won’t read that much as the lower goal (only 75) won’t make me anxious and just read ANYTHING. I’m trying to be more discerning.
My absolute favorite was Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Book Store. It was full of secrets, secret societies, books, secret books, and intrigue. I’m into that. 
Everyone loved both The Language of Flowers and The Middlesteins, and I was just medium on both of them. The Middlesteins felt like a variation on the theme of the slew of East coast dead parents cause revelation sort of book that I’ve read so many of lately. And The Language  of Flowers spent the last third of the book first fucking up as much as possible and then trying to fix everything in the neatest possible package the author could find. I don’t like perfectly neat endings. 
Everything Matters! is dark dark dark. End of world dark and alcoholic dark and feeling responsible for people’s deaths dark. But I ended up loving it.
Every Love Story is a Ghost Story should be read by people who love DFW. It should not be read by others. 
Now, the Y/A: Legend was cute and smart and different, UnEnchanted was FAB, but also filled with so much teen angst, but I felt that the second in the series Fairest failed to live up to the fun and interest of UnEnchanted. Finnikin of the Rock was a kindle deal last week that my sister texted me I had to read, and I did, and immediately downloaded #2, and I’m halfway through that now. The author’s doing a good thing in that, like the Graceling series, she is focusing on another character for the second book, which keeps it fresh. 
Pages so far: 2722. Books so far: 9On pace for: 108 books, 32,664 pages
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What I Read in January

  1. Every Love Story is a Ghost Story by D.T.Max
  2. Legend by Marie Lu
  3. The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg
  4. UnEnchanted by Chanda Hahn
  5. Fairest by Chanda Hahn
  6. Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
  7. Everything Matters! by Ron Currie Jr
  8. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
  9. Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

So, so much for not reading as much in 2013. I’m on track for 108, but I’m sure I won’t read that much as the lower goal (only 75) won’t make me anxious and just read ANYTHING. I’m trying to be more discerning.

My absolute favorite was Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Book Store. It was full of secrets, secret societies, books, secret books, and intrigue. I’m into that.

Everyone loved both The Language of Flowers and The Middlesteins, and I was just medium on both of them. The Middlesteins felt like a variation on the theme of the slew of East coast dead parents cause revelation sort of book that I’ve read so many of lately. And The Language¬† of Flowers spent the last third of the book first fucking up as much as possible and then trying to fix everything in the neatest possible package the author could find. I don’t like perfectly neat endings.

Everything Matters! is dark dark dark. End of world dark and alcoholic dark and feeling responsible for people’s deaths dark. But I ended up loving it.

Every Love Story is a Ghost Story should be read by people who love DFW. It should not be read by others.

Now, the Y/A: Legend was cute and smart and different, UnEnchanted was FAB, but also filled with so much teen angst, but I felt that the second in the series Fairest failed to live up to the fun and interest of UnEnchanted. Finnikin of the Rock was a kindle deal last week that my sister texted me I had to read, and I did, and immediately downloaded #2, and I’m halfway through that now. The author’s doing a good thing in that, like the Graceling series, she is focusing on another character for the second book, which keeps it fresh.

Pages so far: 2722. 
Books so far: 9
On pace for: 108 books, 32,664 pages

I write reviews of all my books on GoodReads! Be my friend there.

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  1. iamdawt said: Did you ever get around to reading “For Darkness Shows The Stars”? I know, shut up about that book…but I loved it, can’t
  2. queenieinmanhattan said: I loved Everything Matters! too - also loved The Middlesteins. Made me think of Jonathan Franzen, but actually good. (Hate. Him.)
  3. trackster said: Just added you as a friend. I’m Anne H (I think it says my full last name?)
  4. synecdoche said: ugh i want to read the middlesteins so bad but it’s like a, fifty month wait at my library
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